Counterprotesters Burn Klansman In Effigy As Georgia White Supremacist Rally Fizzles

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Above Photo: From Huffingtonpost.com

“Good Night, Alt Right,” activists chant.

White supremacists were a no-show at a planned rally at a Georgia Confederate monument on Saturday as local authorities cracked down and counterprotesters torched a Klansman in effigy.

The self-described white supremacists, including members of the Ku Klux Klan,  had planned to rally on the eve of the Super Bowl some 15 miles east of Atlanta at Stone Mountain Park, where Confederate leaders are etched into a giant rockface. But law enforcement authorities, who had denied the group a permit, shut down the 3,600-acre park, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The Super Bowl is being played Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta,

Though the supremacist rally fizzled, hundreds of counterprotesters — several of them armed — marched in the nearby town of Stone Mountain Village chanting: “Good Night, Alt Right” and “Goodbye Klan.” Protesters held signs reading “Death to the KKK,” “Dixie Be Damned” and “Sandblast Stone Mountain.” The highlight of the rally was the torching of the Klansman figure.

Tweets by organizers of the burning informed spectators that the effigy was “eco-friendly” and made of “paper and cardboard that would not produce nasty fumes when burned!”

Late last year local authorities denied a rally permit to the organizers of the planned right-wing “Rock Stone Mountain II” rally. The two men behind the “pro-white” rally — one of them an admitted KKK member — had organized a poorly attended “white power” event at the same site in 2016. The event, however, drew hundreds of counterprotesters who clashed with police. Officials cited a “clear and present danger” to public safety in denying the permit for the new rally, the Journal-Constitution reported.

To hell with their permit. The Constitution is our permit,” white nationalist activist Michael Weaver declared after the decision by authorities. “We move forward. We aren’t going to be discriminated against because you don’t like our views.”

Members of the group, however, indicated Thursday that the rally wouldn’t likely come off because of infighting among members.

Another activist said it was because of fear of violence by counterprotesters.

Atlanta resident Sean McSorley, who was on the street during Saturday’s rally, praised the counterprotesters.

“As long as these backwards, racist … people are not able to do what they intended, I’m happy with the results,” he told the Journal-Constitution.

Confederate leaders etched into a rock face at Stone Mountain.

Confederate leaders etched into a rock face at Stone Mountain.
  • mwildfire

    The counter rally was a good move. But burning a Klansman in effigy and the phrase “death to the KKK” imply violence and hatred and are not good messaging. “Good night Alt-right,” that’s good messaging.

  • Jon

    Be aware what happened in 1979 in Greensboro NC when a similar rally took place.

  • mwildfire

    and what was that?

  • Jon

    The Communist Workers Party held a similar demonstration and, with FBI collusion, the KKK shot to death 5 of them, including at least one who was doctor. Try “Greensboro massacre” in a search engine.